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Evaluation of Mechanized Sprinkler Equipment

Pair, Claude H. (1969) Evaluation of Mechanized Sprinkler Equipment. pp. 37-44. In: Proc. 57th Ann. Ore. Reclam. Assn. Conf. USA-OR-Ontario, 1968/10/28-29.

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The growth of sprinkler irrigation has been steady since the end of
World War II. The 1949 United States Census showed 639,987 acres sprinkled
out of 25,787,455 total irrigated acres. 1968 estimates show 6,750,000
acres sprinkled and 45,000,000 acres irrigated. The sprinkled acreage of
the United States is equivalent to all the irrigated acreage in Oregon,
Washington, and Idaho. Oregon ranks sixth among the fifty states in the
acreage irrigated by agricultural sprinkler systems. Only California,
Texas, Florida, Idaho and Washington have more sprinkled agricultural
acreage than the 450,000 acres sprinkler irrigated in Oregon.
The early sprinkler systems were handmove, portable lateral types
that required a minimum of capital and maximum of labor for irrigation.
The availability and reliability of present day farm labor has caused
the Oregon farmer to look to mechanization as a method of reducing
irrigation labor requirements. The sprinkler industry responded to this
demand by introducing a large number of mechanical move systems.

This paper presents a brief description of the various mechanized
sprinkler systems and a summary of an evaluation of the field performance of
some of the systems. Tests were made on systems operating in the Boise and
Twin Falls, Idaho areas.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
NWISRL Publication Number: 0138
Subjects: Irrigation > Sprinkler irrigation
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Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:56
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 23:34
Item ID: 967